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Spottiswoode & His Enemies ENGLISH DREAM CD Release Show with Special Guest Jose Ayerve/Spouse
St. Lawrence Arts
Portland, ME
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Spottiswoode & His Enemies ENGLISH DREAM CD Release Show with Special Guest Jose Ayerve/Spouse
Spottiswoode & His Enemies

"Captivating... a magical experience! " - The New York Post
"Master of the late night vibe" - Washington Post

Referred to as a "genius" and a "downtown ringleader" by The New Yorker, Spottiswoode is the son of an American singer and an English clergyman. WNYC's John Schaefer describes him as, "One of New York's more colorful band leaders for more than a decade." For the past fifteen years, Spottiswoode & His Enemies have become a New York institution. Drawing comparisons to everyone from Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and The National to Ray Davies and Nick Cave, the band has been profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition, World Cafe and Soundcheck and toured worldwide from SXSW to Lille, France to Lincoln Center. Paste Magazine describes the live show as, ""Nothing short of transportive!""

Spottiswoode's songs have been covered by numerous artists and have been featured in a variety of television shows and films (She's Out Of My League, The Ledge, Tart, Bridget), as well as in his own short film, The Gentleman, which screened at Sundance and played for several years on IFC. His gothic rock opera, Above Hell's Kitchen, was presented to sold-out crowds at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2010.

In 2012, Spottiswoode & His Enemies won two Independent Music Awards for their fifth record, Wild Goosechase Expedition, a critically hailed "miracle" about a rock band's doomed tour.

English Dream, Spottiswoode & His Enemies' sixth studio recording, is a haunting new departure for the New York band to be released April 15th. "It''s an English record, written and sung by an Englishman, but recorded in Brooklyn by a New York band. "Salvation, our fourth record - was Americana" says Spottiswoode, the band''s songwriter and front man. "This time we''ve gone "Anglicana" and made a pastoral collection of songs about nature, love, childhood and the other side of the pond. Sometimes it's idyllic and sometimes it's a bit scary.""

Please join us for this very special night to celebrate the release of their new album ENGLISH  DREAM on May 10th at St. Lawrence Arts.

José Ayerve / Spouse
Portland, Maine has been home to José Ayerve for much of his career as leader of the renowned indie-rock band, Spouse. In 2011, Ayerve put the group on hold to work on a solo, electronic dance and performance art project using the anagram, A Severe Joy. While he continues to produce and release singles and albums as ASJ, Ayerve will be lifting the hiatus and joining forces with two of his long-time Spouse collaborators: multi-instrumentalist Ken Maiuri and drummer/percussionist JJ O'Connell (a native of Bangor, Maine). The trio will be performing a special minimalist set of material from their catalog, which stretches almost two decades and includes six full-length albums and a handful of singles and EPs.




St. Lawrence Arts (View)
76 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
United States

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